More and more people are turning to cryotherapy as a way to reverse skin aging, speed post-workout recovery and prevent chronic diseases. Here are ten fascinating things you probably didn’t know about cryotherapy and its benefits.

Cool Cryotherapy Facts

1. Cryotherapy recovery technology can help speed muscle healing. While whole-body cryotherapy has not yet been approved by the FDA, many athletes have touted the efficacy of cryotherapy recovery technology in reducing delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

2. Cryotherapy technology originated in Japan in 1978. Japanese rheumatologist Toshima Yamaguchi is credited with developing whole-body cryotherapy, which was originally intended to treat conditions related to the joints and muscles – particularly those associated with rheumatic diseases like arthritis, ankylosis spondylitis and fibromyalgia.

3. Many celebrities credit their appearance to cryotherapy. Jessica Alba, Kate Moss, Jennifer Aniston and Lebrun James are just a few of the well-known names who use cryotherapy to stay in shape.

4. Cryotherapy can improve the condition and texture of skin. Cryotherapy is increasingly used as an anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatment. Studies show that just a few cryotherapy sessions can result in a significant boost in collagen production, which can lead to an overall improvement in the condition of the skin.

5. Cryotherapy can help improve blood circulation. Not only is proper blood flow essential to delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and organs, but it also leads to the release of mood-boosting endorphins. Many cryotherapy users report feelings of euphoria and well-being after a cryotherapy session.

6. Cryotherapy can boost your metabolism. The cold temperature of a cryotherapy chamber causes the body to burn stores of fat in order to keep you warm. A cryotherapy chamber session of just 3 minutes can boost your metabolism and burn 500 to 800 calories.

7. There are two types of cryotherapy treatments available. Cryotherapy chambers can accommodate up to 3 people per session and are popular with couples and athletes. Cryotherapy saunas are single-person tanks that cover the entire body except for the head and neck.

8. Whole-body cryotherapy has been shown to reduce inflammation. A 2011 PLOS One study found cryotherapy to be effective in increasing the of anti-inflammatory cytokine activity in the body, thereby reducing inflammation in the body.

9. Cryotherapy can be used to treat migraine headaches. A 2013 study found cryotherapy to be effective in reducing the occurrence of migraine headaches.

10. Cryotherapy may help prevent the onset of dementia. Research findings suggest that in reducing inflammation, cryotherapy may also be effective in treating mental health conditions associated with inflammation – including dementia.

Types of cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a treatment method where extremely cold temperatures are used to treat various conditions such as ligament injury, muscle injury, swelling and inflammation among others. Cold therapy is also used in treating benign and malignant lesions. Cryotherapy is beneficial in mental health, heart problems, sleeping problems, injuries and skin problems. Some of the common types of Cryotherapy include the following.

Whole Body Cryotherapy

Whole Body Cryotherapy is the latest type of Cryotherapy that is used as an alternative to cold water and ice packs. In this method, the patient is kept in the cryogenic chamber briefly – bot exceeding 3 minutes. The Cryotherapy chambers in Whole Body Cryotherapy is cooled using liquid nitrogen to temperatures of about 120 degrees Celsius. Patients wear a bathing suit, gloves, socks, ear and mouth gear to protect them from frostbites. Despite the cold chamber temperatures, the core body temperatures remain constant. Whole Body Cryotherapy stimulated endorphins, the natural body painkiller that relieves pain, insomnia, and other conditions.

Partial Body Cryotherapy

This form of Cryotherapy where devices known as Cryosaunas are used. Cryosaunas are cylindrical Cryotherapy chambers with an aperture at the top that allows the head of the patient to remain outside to prevent it from cold stimulus. Partial Body Cryotherapy differs from Whole Body Cryotherapy in that it uses an evaporated liquid nitrogen in the chambers.

Ice Pack Therapy

This is a cold treatment therapy done to an injured body part. The ice pack is placed over the injured area to absorb heat resulting from the injury. This method is commonly used in alleviating minor injuries and reduce muscle soreness. Ice park therapy can also be used in sports medicine where ice packs are applied to the injured part. However, it should only be used for a maximum of 10 minutes to avoid decreasing performance.

Instant Ice Pack Therapy

Instant ice pack therapy encompasses an appliance with two bags, an outer bag with water and the inner with ammonium nitrate. Squeezing the outer bag breaks the inner bag, dissolving the ammonium nitrate in water. The resultant endothermic reaction absorbs heat from the surrounding environment thus lowers the temperatures of the ice pack. This mode is a convenient alternative to crushed ice and is best for sports injuries.

Internal Cryotherapy

Internal Cryotherapy is a type of Cryotherapy where surgeons use freezing agents to treat internal body parts. It is a common treatment strategy for some forms of cancer.

Cryotherapy can also be classified based on the type of illness used to treat. Based on this classification, there are five types including:

  • Cryotherapy for prostate
  • Cervical Cryotherapy
  • Cryotherapy for lungs
  • Cryotherapy for heart surgery
  • Cryotherapy for prostate

Before settling on one type, ensure that you consult a medical professional on the benefits, side effects and precautions associated with each.

Cryotherapy or cold therapy dates back to the Ancient Greeks. Do you remember your younger years when your bruises would be covered with a pack of peas? Yes, that’s Cryotherapy on a small scale. Since then Cryotherapy has come a long way.

Cryotherapy in the Beauty Industry

The beauty industry is not left out in the lurch with this new trend. Many celebrities and those on the catwalk are turning to Cryotherapy for their latest anti-ageing hit. Many say it boosts collagen and tightens the skin whilst diminishing cellulite. Though there isn’t much data to back it up, there is enough evidence from users to say that it is working.

Cryotherapy for the beauty industry

Cryotherapy can reduce fine lines, beat blackheads, oxygenate the skin, giving a youthful appearance – all within three to four minutes in the freezing chamber. The freezing cold temperatures shock the body promoting the growth of new collagen which increases the tone and elasticity of the skin. This is what makes for the youthful appearance.

Cryofacials where a cold beam of pressurized nitrogen is directed on the face, neck and scalp for a couple of minutes to revive collagen has been really popular. Five sessions are all that is needed. A-listers swear thicker hair and tighter and toned skin after just 5 sessions.

Plastic surgeons are also sending post-op patients for Cryotherapy sessions to reduce swelling and faster healing. It is known to cut recovery time by half. For instance, breast augmentation swelling and healing can be cut in half by having a Cryotherapy session post op.

Cryotherapy for Cellulite and Metabolism

Cryoshaping is what it’s called. Nitrogen is beamed onto cellulite spots to free fat cells thus getting rid of cellulite and shaping those problem areas. Standing in a Cryotherapy chamber for three to four minutes will detox your system and kick your metabolic rate and flush those fat cells too. The cold has a direct effect on the fatty tissue in our body hence causing weight loss after the treatment and starts to regulate a normal metabolic rate which slows with age. This explains why the A-listers like Jennifer Lopez has an age-defying body.

On the overall, the benefits of whole body Cryotherapy are many. It increases your metabolic rate which in turn promotes weight loss and detoxification of the body. It also promotes the production of collagen for healthier and more elastic and younger looking skin. The scalp is revitalised and hair production is increased with thicker fuller hair. Sun Spots can be removed easily with Cryotherapy as opposed to treatments prior and recovery time is n=almost negligible. For those with cellulite problems, this might be the saving grace answer as to date, there has not been a proper treatment to get rid of cellulite and Cryotherapy might just be the answer.

Conclusion

Whilst not a new concept it is now taking the beauty industry by storm. It is a natural way of revitalising the youth in you.